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Unilever calls for consumer industry action on plastic waste

24th January 2018

Unilever has issued a call for other companies in the consumer products sector to take action to prevent packaging waste.

The firm – which made a commitment to ensure 100 percent of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 – has welcomed news that ten companies have made similar pledges, but suggested that further progress is necessary.

Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation indicates that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight, a problem exacerbated by the fact that only 14 percent of plastic packaging is collected for recycling.

As such, Unilever has called for companies to invest in innovation towards new delivery models, do more to produce recyclable packaging, and establish definitions and industry standards on what materials are put into the marketplace, working alongside governments.

Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman said: "We need to go much further, much faster, in addressing the challenge of single-use plastics, by leading a transition away from the linear take-make-dispose model of consumption to one which is truly circular by design."

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